Book: Psychiatry Disrupted

Book Title:

Psychiatry Disrupted: Theorising Resistance and Crafting the (R)evolution.

Author(s): Bonnie Burstow, Brenda A LeFrancois, and Shaindl Diamond.

Year: 2014.

Edition: First (1st).

Publisher: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Type(s): Paperback and EPUB.


There is growing international resistance to the oppressiveness of psychiatry. While previous studies have critiqued psychiatry, Psychiatry Disrupted goes beyond theorising what is wrong with it to theorizing how we might stop it. Introducing readers to the arguments and rationale for opposing psychiatry, the book combines perspectives from anti-psychiatry and critical psychiatry activism, mad activism, antiracist, critical, and radical disability studies, as well as feminist, Marxist, and anarchist thought.

The editors and contributors are activists and academics – adult education and social work professors, psychologists, prominent leaders in the psychiatric survivor movement, and artists – from across Canada, England, and the United States.

From chapters discussing feminist opposition to the medicalisation of human experience, to the links between psychiatry and neo-liberalism, to internal tensions within the various movements and different identities from which people organise, the collection theorises psychiatry while contributing to a range of scholarship and presenting a comprehensive overview of resistance to psychiatry in the academy and in the community.

A courageous anthology, Psychiatry Disrupted is a timely work that asks compelling activist questions that no other book in the field touches.

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